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Darrin Bann, MD, Otolaryngology (ENT), Chapel Hill, NC, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center


Otolaryngology (ENT) Chapel Hill, NC

Ped Otolaryngology (ENT)


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  • I am currently a Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellow at the University of North Carolina Children’s Hospital. I completed a residency in Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, after receiving my MD/PhD degree from Penn State College of Medicine in 2015. My research efforts focus on understanding the biology and epidemiology of thyroid cancer.

Education & Training

  • Penn State Milton S Hershey Medical Center
    Penn State Milton S Hershey Medical CenterResidency, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 2016 - 2021
  • Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
    Pennsylvania State University College of MedicineClass of 2015

Certifications & Licensure

  • NC State Medical License
    NC State Medical License 2022 - 2022

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Dean’s Award for Scholarly Achievement Penn State College of Medicine, 2015
  • John W. Kreider Award for Research and Academic Excellence in the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program Penn State College of Medicine, 2015
  • Department of Microbiology and Immunology John F. Enders Commencement Award Penn State College of Medicine, 2015

Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • Integrative Detection and Analysis of Structural Variation in Cancer Genomes  
    Darrin V Bann, Yanli Wang, Christopher Pool, Nature

Books/Book Chapters


  • Germline mutations affecting hydrogen peroxide metabolism are associated with familial and sporadic thyroid cancer
    Bann DV, Qunyan J, Sheldon KE, Houser K, Nguyen L, Baker M, Broach J, Gerhard GS, and Goldenberg D, AHNS 9th International Conference on Head and Neck Cancer, Seattle, WA, 7/16/2016
  • Variations in genome structure between follicular variant and highly aggressive papillary thyroid cancer
    Bann DV, Sheldon KE, Houser K, Zhang L, Broach J, and Goldenberg D, 2016 Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium, Scottsdale, AZ, 2/18/2016
  • The effect of aging on the anatomic position of the thyroid gland
    Bann DV, Kim Y, Zacharia T, and Goldenberg D, American Society for Geriatric Otolaryngology Annual Meeting (part of the 2016 Triological Society Combined Sections Meeting), Miami, FL, 1/22/2016
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Press Mentions

  • Researchers Identify New Gene Mutation in Familial Thyroid Cancers
    Researchers Identify New Gene Mutation in Familial Thyroid CancersNovember 21st, 2019
  • Potential Gene Mutation May Help to Identify Familial Thyroid Cancer
    Potential Gene Mutation May Help to Identify Familial Thyroid CancerDecember 2nd, 2019

Grant Support

  • Novel mutations and chromosomal landscape in familial and sporadic nonmedullary thyroid cancerPenn State College of Medicine Institute for Personalized Medicine Pilot Studies Award and the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement (CURE) Program2016–Present
  • Host RNA processing factors: Friend or foe of oncogenic retroelements).National Institutes of Health - National Cancer Institute2011–2015


  • Resident Member, Centralized Otolaryngology Research Effort Study Section – Head and Neck Surgery Subcommittee 2016 - Present

Research History

  • Research FellowshipI conducted a fellowship in cancer genomics in the laboratory of Dr. James Broach, PhD. My research focused on characterizing a novel mutation associated with highly penetrant familial thyroid cancer and implementing a next-generation, high-throughput platform for de novo cancer genome assembly.2015 - 2016
  • PhD TrainingI conducted my graduate education in the laboratory of Dr. Leslie Parent, MD. Our research focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms of retroviral RNA trafficking and capsid assembly.2009 - 2013

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